“Let’s go eat Conney dogs at Three Rivers Fest,” said Biz.
“I’ve never been to Ohio. We should eat there,” said I.
And within a matter of minutes, we were….
Welcomed to Ohio!
First stop was the Villiage of Payne. An invitation for a comedy about the training camp if I ever saw one, the Payneans belong to a city a few hundred people larger than South Dakota’s City of Scotland. Sadly, its quirky restaurants were closed.
Next up: Paulding. As I learned from Wikipedia, Paulding was part of a complicated land speculation that would have made a fortune if the county seat was moved there. The ornate town hall is a testament to this dream…
… and its failure, as the town hall is just that and the county seat is down the road. Still, they had extremely filling food and good specials at the 401 Kafe. A board on the now asked patrons to right down the name of those serving, so they can be in the town’s prayers.
Small lakes / large pools where everywhere in Ohio. Why? My best guess is that the Fort Wayne area, on both sides of the state line – was once home to the Great Black Swamp. The swamp was left by ancient glaciers and was extant for generations after the nation’s independence.
The remains of the Black Swamp are preserved here and there, and are often used by fisherman. (This fishing hole / swampy remnant is outside of Paulding)
Instead of friendly signs asking visitors to visit again, or even just noting the city limit, Ohioan communities blast passers-bye with a legalistic “Exit Corp.” The impersonal monsters.